Welcome to Clan Bell North America!
Who is a member of a clan? From: The Court of the Lord Lyon
Every person who has the same surname as the chief is deemed to be a member of the clan. Equally a person who offers allegiance to the chief is recognized as a member of the clan unless the chief decides that he will not accept that person's allegiance.
Clan Bell is an organization of the Bell family and Bell family descendants whose objectives are to foster and promote the study, research and understanding of the full history of the Bell family. (The spelling of the name has numerous variations.) We represent those Bells who made up the great riding and cattle droving clan of the border of Scotland/England, those Bell families of the highlands, their coasts, the firths, in England—Bells who have created their own unique historical record wherever they have thrived and had their being. We do this in concert with each other and allied families who were most probably neighboring families and clans in more ancient times. We do this to learn about the good, the not-so-good and great people that are our families—these family parts are who make up the greater whole of the clan Bell we represent.
No matter where we Bells are from or where we currently reside, it is important to know about our roots so that we can take what we learn from the past to be better able to tell our individual and collective story to the Bells of the future. We do this in many settings and in many ways—Scottish games and festivals held around the world, by researching and sharing family information and family trees, by publishing a highly informative quarterly newsletter and by delving into the DNA of male Bells to help us better piece together the Bell family puzzle. And by just getting to know each other!
If you are not now a member, you are invited to join us in Clan Bell North America, a key part of the larger world-wide Clan Bell that anxiously awaits the appointment of its first chief since the death of William Bell of Blackethouse, who died in 1627/8. The search for a qualified candidate from the Blackethouse line of Bells is presently underway by key members of the family who are working directly with the Lord Lyon Court. You need do nothing to inquire of the status--we will keep all apprised of the status in this complex undertaking. In the mean time, join us. Share your family with us; we will share ourselves and our families with you!
We look forward to you becoming one of us! Aye!